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« Reply #11355 on: Sep 10th, 2014, 10:01pm »

12 000 Bayonets to Police?


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Tuesday in Washington D.C. at a Senate Hearing from the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on the Department of Defense selling military grade weapons to local police forces, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) grilled Alan F. Estevez, the Assistant Secretary of Defense and from Homeland Security, and FEMA Brian Kamoie, over local police being supplied with armored personnel carriers and thousands of bayonets.
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PAUL: One of the fundamental things about America is dissent, and the ability to have dissent. It needs to be peaceful. There needs to be repercussions for those who do not act in a peaceful way. But confronting those with armored personnel carriers is thoroughly un-American and for 150 years, we’ve had rules separating the military, keeping the military out of policing affairs. But you sort of obscure that separation if you allow the police to become the military.
In FEMA's authorized equipment list there's actually written descriptions for how the equipment should be used and it says it's specifically not supposed to be used for riot suppression. Mr. Kamoie, is that true, that it's not supposed to be used for riot suppression? And how do you plan on policing that since the images clearly show us large pieces of equipment that were bought with your grants used in that riot suppression, or protest suppression rather?"
KAMOIE: Sen. Paul, that is accurate. The categories of personal protective equipment that include helmets, ear and eye protection, ballistics, personal protective equipment. There’s a prohibition in the authorized equipment list not to be used for riot suppression.
PAUL: What will you do about it?
KAMOIE: We're going to follow the lead of the Department of Justice's investigation about the facts. We're going to work with the state of Missouri to determine what pieces of equipment were grant funded. And then we have a range of remedies available to us should there be any finding of noncompliance with those requirements. Those include everything from corrective action plans to ensure it doesn't happen again, recoupment of funds. So, we'll look closely at the facts, but we're going to allow the investigation to run its course and determine what the appropriate remedy is.
PAUL: But, it gets back to the whole question. If you're a police force anywhere in the country from Dundee, Michigan, of 3900, which has an MRAP (mine-resistance ambush protection) to 25 other cities under 25,000 have MRAP’s, they think these are for riot suppression. Well, I don’t know what they think they’re for in a city of 3900 people. But, many of the police forces think this is what the equipment is good for, is riot suppression in a big city, urban area. You're specifically instructing that it's not for that. We've talked about we've had maybe two instances of terrorism. We spend billions and billions of dollars and maybe two instances of terrorism. So I think by supplying all of this free equipment, much of which is, frankly, inappropriate, really shouldn't be on anybody's list of authorized equipment. Mr. Estevez, in the NPR investigation of 1033 program they list that 12,000 bayonets have been given out. What purpose are bayonets being given out for?
ESTEVEZ: Senator, bayonets are available under the program. I can't answer what a local police force would need a bayonet for.
PAUL: I can give you an answer: None. So, what's President Obama's Administration's position on handing out bayonets to the police force? It's on your list. You guys create the list. Are you going to take it off the list or are we going to keep doing it?
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« Reply #11356 on: Sep 11th, 2014, 08:07am »

CRYSTAL ~ CASEBOOK ~ TO MY FRIEND AT THE SYS~TEIN CHAPEL ~ AND THOSE WHOM THINK HE'S A TIME TRAVELER ~ wink

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« Reply #11357 on: Sep 11th, 2014, 09:48am »

Ukraines Free Lunch Gas from Polacks using whats called Reverse Flow Hits Russian Bottleneck.

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« Reply #11358 on: Sep 11th, 2014, 10:03am »

on Sep 10th, 2014, 5:13pm, ZETAR wrote:
I SAW THIS AND THOUGHT IT TO BE "CUTE" ~ cool

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« Reply #11359 on: Sep 11th, 2014, 10:08am »

CRYSTAL ~ INDEED MY FRIEND ~ wink

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« Reply #11360 on: Sep 11th, 2014, 10:19am »

GOOD MORNING ALL cheesy






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« Reply #11361 on: Sep 11th, 2014, 10:31am »

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Prehistoric swamp creature had lips just like Mick Jagger

An extinct swamp pig that lived 19 million years ago has been named after Rolling Stone frontman Mick Jagger

By Mark Molloy
2:42PM BST 11 Sep 2014

Mick Jagger will undoubtedly be delighted to hear that a prehistoric swamp creature has been named after him.

The Jaggermeryx naida, or ‘Jagger’s water nymph,’ lived 19 million years ago in Africa.

Researchers say the newly discovered species shared something in common with the Rolling Stones frontman, supersized lips.

“I’m a huge Stones fan,” explained anthropologist Dr Ellen Miller, of Wake Forest University in North Carolina, who was part of a team who found the fossil.

“Some of my colleagues suggested naming the new species after Hollywood star Angelina Jolie, because she also has famous lips. But for me it had to be Mick.”

Jaw fragments found by researchers in Egypt suggest the animal was the size of a regular deer and could be described as a cross between a long-legged pig and a slender hippo.

“We imagine its lifestyle was like that of a water deer, standing in water and foraging for plants along the river bank,” Dr Miller added.

“It may have used its sensitive snout to forage along river banks, scooping up plants with its lower teeth and large lips.”

The creature belonged to a family of extinct hoofed animals called anthracotheres, according to researchers.

Dr Miller is the co-author of a paper detailing the fossil discovery published in the September issue of the Journal of Paleontology.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/11089891/Mick-Jagger-fossil-Jaggermeryx-naida-had-lips-like-Rolling-Stones-icon.html

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« Reply #11363 on: Sep 11th, 2014, 1:40pm »

On that Swamp Thing

Dr Arcane has not had his say on the matter
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« Reply #11364 on: Sep 12th, 2014, 11:40am »

MORNIN' ALL

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« Reply #11365 on: Sep 12th, 2014, 11:43am »

Wired UK

Darpa funds soft exoskeleton trousers

12 September 2014
by Liat Clark

Exoskeletons have helped people achieve incredible things. They have helped the paralysed "walk" again, aiding in their therapy by giving nerve endings and muscles the exercise they otherwise wouldn't. They are helping increase safety measures in work environments where heavy-lifting is involved -- the US Navy just released a report saying they make workers 27 times more productive.

They remain, however, cumbersome designs and bulky to don. A team at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering wants to help remedy this, with a suit that is modelled more closely to the human body, using soft materials to mimic the joints and muscles. The idea is, one day it could be comfortably worn under clothing to give assistance not just to those with injuries or mobility difficulties, but those working in the field in the military and emergency services where speed, efficiency and endurance are paramount. Its current incarnation sees wearers pull it on like a pair of trousers.

In the embedded video, founder of the Harvard Biodesign Lab Conor Walsh explains: "At Harvard we are studying the biomechanics and physiology of human walking, trying to understand what makes that such an efficient process. We then apply this knowledge to the design of software of robots that act in parallel with the body's muscles and tendons and mimic their function."

And apparently the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) thinks they're on to something, because it's just awarded the project $2.9 million (£1.8 million) in funding to develop the Soft Exosuit.

Darpa has been supporting research in the field for more than a decade, and last year unveiled details on its Warrior Web system, a lightweight exoskeleton that allows people to carry up to 27kg. Like the work being done at the Wyss Institute, the Warrior Web is all about mimicking and working with the body's own movements and forces to help soldiers use natural gait when lifting heavy loads. Warrior Web was due to undergo real world testing last time the agency checked in with the public. Wyss is already on the case, with the team trialling it out and about, as well as in the lab where they can measure the impact on the wearer.

A huge part of its success, so far, are the new types of textiles involved in its creation.

"It's close fitting, comfortable and is designed so that the structure of the textile, the load paths that the suit creates over the body, mimic the function of the underlying muscles and tendons," says postdoctoral fellow Alan Asbeck. "When we provide force with the suit this is acting in parallel with biological muscles and tendons."

Unlike the rigid exoskeletons we are most familiar with, the soft suit is not there to replace all our muscles' hard work. Walsh explains it's there to "provide the right level of assistance, at the right time for the wearer". This means using new soft sensors that can be sewn into the smart trousers to monitor movements and forces. These are then analysed to predict the trajectory and trigger the appropriate assistance. Walsh notes that the legs operate like a pendulum, with muscles stepping in to provide "bursts of energy". The Soft Exosuit aims to mimic that system effortlessly and discreetly, so a wearer can go about their business unfettered by the hardware that is helping them.

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« Reply #11366 on: Sep 12th, 2014, 1:19pm »

Don't be talkin down 'bout my swamp critters!
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« Reply #11367 on: Sep 12th, 2014, 11:57pm »

NICE SHOT SWAMPRAT!

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« Reply #11368 on: Sep 13th, 2014, 12:32am »

Beheaded Reporters Family Threatened by Government if They Paid Ransom
http://abcnews.go.com/International/government-threatened-foley-family-ransom-payments-mother-slain/story?id=25453963

The mother of slain American journalist James Foley said she wasn’t necessarily surprised that the U.S. government threatened her family with prosecution should they raise money to pay her son’s ransom, but she was astounded by how such a devastating message was delivered.

“I was surprised there was so little compassion,” Diane Foley told ABC News today of the three separate warnings she said U.S. officials gave the family about the illegality of paying ransom to the terror group ISIS. “It just made me realize that these people talking to us had no idea what it was like to be the family of someone abducted… I’m sure [the U.S. official] didn’t mean it the way he said it, but we were between a rock and a hard place. We were told we could do nothing… meanwhile our son was being beaten and tortured every day.”

Earlier this week five current and former officials with direct knowledge of the Foley case confirmed the alleged threats were made.

"It was an utterly idiotic thing to do that came across as if [the U.S. official] had the compassion of an anvil," said a former official who has advised the family.

Diane Foley told ABC News earlier this week that warnings over the summer came primarily from a highly decorated military officer serving on the White House's National Security Council staff. James Foley’s brother, Michael, also told ABC News that he was directly threatened with possible prosecution by a State Department official.

“It was very upsetting because we were essentially told to trust… that the way they were handling things would bring our son home,” Diane Foley said.

The U.S. government did try to rescue James Foley along with other American and European hostages from an ISIS stronghold in Syria in early July, but by the time the elite commandos arrived at the location, the hostages had been moved. Foley was executed weeks later by a self-professed ISIS militant.

Diane Foley said the family believed they knew where their son was being held prior to his execution, but other than the July rescue mission, it didn’t seem like anything was being done.

“But we’re not politicians, we’re not government people, we don’t know,” she said. Diane Foley said the problem was that the family “had no idea” because the government didn’t tell them.

At times, Diane Foley said the family “had to beg” the government for information on their son.

“We were an annoyance, it felt, at some level… They didn’t have time for us,” she said.

Today White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said that government officials were in constant contact with the Foley family and declined to comment on the alleged ransom warnings, telling reporters he’s “not going to be in a position to detail the kinds of conversations that took place so often between members of the administration and the Foley family.”

“It is a long standing policy of this administration, it was the policy of previous administrations that ransoms should not be paid to terrorist organizations,” Earnest said before referring more specific questions about the Foley’s situation to the Justice Department.
http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/saudi-arabia-uae-bahrain-withdraw-envoys-from-qatar-in-security-dispute-491727

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Beheaded Reporters Family Threatened by Government if They Paid Ransom
http://abcnews.go.com/International/government-threatened-foley-family-ransom-payments-mother-slain/story?id=25453963

The mother of slain American journalist James Foley said she wasn’t necessarily surprised that the U.S. government threatened her family with prosecution should they raise money to pay her son’s ransom, but she was astounded by how such a devastating message was delivered.

“I was surprised there was so little compassion,” Diane Foley told ABC News today of the three separate warnings she said U.S. officials gave the family about the illegality of paying ransom to the terror group ISIS. “It just made me realize that these people talking to us had no idea what it was like to be the family of someone abducted… I’m sure [the U.S. official] didn’t mean it the way he said it, but we were between a rock and a hard place. We were told we could do nothing… meanwhile our son was being beaten and tortured every day.”

“It is a long standing policy of this administration, it was the policy of previous administrations that ransoms should not be paid to terrorist organizations,” Earnest said before referring more specific questions about the Foley’s situation to the Justice Department.
http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/saudi-arabia-uae-bahrain-withdraw-envoys-from-qatar-in-security-dispute-491727



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